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With the new Premier League season on the horizon, clubs are set to sign stars on multi-million pound deals to keep their place in the division, challenge European football or win an elusive title . With that, some stars have to be let go – and with contracts expiring, some players the wider population may have forgotten about are on the verge of leaving their clubs. Express Sport is exploring five options that will become free agents on Friday morning.

Cenk Tosun

Tosun joined Everton for £27million when Sam Allardyce was manager in January 2018 as a quick replacement for Romelu Lukaku, who left for Manchester United six months earlier.

He had a relatively decent start to life in England in his first six months, finishing the Premier League campaign with five goals in 14 games.

But a run of just three goals in 25 league games the season after saw him loan out to Crystal Palace, where he scored just once in five games before a return to Everton.

Only one Premier League appearance followed this season with a six-minute appearance in Liverpool’s 4-1 thrashing in December. It’s entirely plausible that even Everton fans have forgotten about Tosun…

Danny Drinkwater

Drinkwater has by far the best pedigree on this list after winning the Premier League with Leicester in 2016. His heroics earned him a move to Chelsea, with whom he won the title again the following year.

Injury set him back ahead of a loan move to Burnley in 2019, where he made just one appearance after he was allegedly attacked outside a nightclub in Manchester, suffering injuries to his ankle ligaments.

His loan spell was cut short, where he joined Aston Villa – although further turmoil followed after he allegedly headbutted team-mate Jota.

The Englishman then failed his attempts at Kasimpasa and Reading to try to get away from the club permanently before being released in the summer after just 23 appearances.

Loris Karius

Fans around the world will forever remember Karius for his poor performance in the 2018 Champions League final, although people forget that the German was a solid Liverpool keeper during his time at the club.

Making 49 appearances in two years for the Reds, he never recovered from his mistakes at Kyiv before being sent to Besiktas on loan for two years.

And at just 29, the star could still have a long and successful career if he chooses the right club.

Shane Long

The Irishman has spent most of his career in the Premier League, mostly appearing for clubs such as West Brom, Southampton and Reading.

But at 35, the time has come for the Saints to release him from his contract as they seek younger replacements.

There will be no shortage of suitors in a different league, but it could well be that Long finds his future in the Championship or even at home in Ireland.

Andre Gray

Gray looked to have a promising career when he joined Brentford in 2014 aged just 23, scoring 16 goals in just 41 games for the Bees before a £9million move to Burnley the following year.

23 goals in 41 games saw the Clarets promoted to the Premier League, and nine goals the season after seeing England calls up.

However, after an £18m move to Watford he has failed to reach the heights expected of him since, and despite a semi-decent loan spell at QPR last season, his time at Vicarage Road is elapsed.

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